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Why is Patients for Affordable Drugs Backing Menendez?

P4AD has spent millions helping Sen. Bob Menendez, despite his ties to convicted felon Dr. Salomon Melgen.

By NTK Staff | 10.24.2018 @3:30pm
Why is Patients for Affordable Drugs Backing Menendez?

Patients for Affordable Drugs (P4AD), a super PAC that claims to be bipartisan, has spent a considerable amount of money attacking Sen. Bob Menendez’s (D-NJ) Republican opponent, Bob Hugin, this election cycle despite Menendez’s ties to convicted felon Dr. Salomon Melgen, whose crimes stand in direct contradiction to P4AD’s mission statement.

According to P4AD’s website, they are the “only independent national patient organization focused exclusively on achieving policy changes to lower the price of prescription drugs” on behalf of American consumers.

P4AD argues that the cornerstone of drug corporations’ “rigged” pricing system “is a law that says Medicare can’t bargain on prices.”

In February, Melgen “was convicted of 67 crimes including health care fraud, submitting false claims and falsifying records in patients’ files,” according to the Sun Sentinel.

The Sun-Sentinel further reported:

“Prosecutors showed that between 2008 and 2013, he became the nation’s highest-paid Medicare doctor, building his practice by giving elderly patients unnecessary eye injections and laser blasts on their retinas that some compared to torture.”

Melgen received a 17-year sentence “for stealing $73 million from Medicare by persuading elderly patients to undergo excruciating tests and treatments they didn’t need for diseases they didn’t have.”

In 2015, Menendez was indicted on federal corruption charges because of gifts he received from Melgen, who was a longtime friend and donor to Menendez, in return for political favors from Menendez.

Menendez pleaded not guilty to these charges and his trial ended in 2017 in a mistrial because of a hung jury.

Given P4AD’s mission of defending consumers from increased drug pricing, it raises the question of why are that group is helping Menendez, who is so closely tied to a man who defrauded patients out of $73 million?

It could be because P4AD isn’t as nonpartisan as they would like people to believe.

During the 2018 election cycle, P4AD has attacked Republicans and Democrats alike.

But as The Intercept recently pointed out, P4AD has only attacked Democrats who are basically running unopposed, while simultaneously attacking Republicans who are locked in tight races.

When you consider that P4AD is funded almost entirely by the Action Now Initiative, a 501(c)(4) which is the political arm of liberal billionaires Laura and John Arnold, you start to understand why P4AD helped Menendez, who is locked in a tight reelection campaign according got to recent polling.

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